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Does time invariance conclude conservation of energy? [closed]

I find it hard to understand that time-translation invariance necessarily implies conservation of energy. As I understand it, Noether's theorem says that there is an energy conservation because the ...
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Conservation of energy in a multiverse

When I was studying about classical mechanics, I learned about Hamiltonian mechanics. In a example problem, we saw that in a system of just one capacitor, energy seemed to flow in and out and the ...
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Law of Conservation of Energy

I find it hard to comprehend the law of conservation of energy. Allow me to explain my confusion. I understand that the law of conservation of energy states that energy is neither created nor ...
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Which formula is correct for the velocity of a mathematical pendulum?

Suppose I have a mathematical pendulum swinging in a plane, and the angle between the vertical direction and the pendulum is $\phi(t) = \phi_0 \cos\omega_0t$. The length of the pendulum is $l$, its ...
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Superposition of electromagnetic waves and energy localization

Sorry for the long question. I didn't know how to make it shorter. I'm trying to understand how energy is spatially localized in an electromagnetic wave. My premises are: Electromagnetic energy is ...
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Example of law of conservation of energy

Law of conservation of energy states that "Energy of the universe remains constant. Energy can neither be created nor be destroyed, but it can be transformed from one form to another". So I ...
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Is conservation of energy a set of principles that is inevitable in any 'possible world'? [duplicate]

It is usually stated in various books or stories 'Energy can't be created or destroyed , but is conserved'. I guess this is within a closed system. Are there any axioms or principles in physics that ...
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I can make the mechanical energy 0 or in fact anything. Is this normal?

We let the rope fall with $\alpha = \pi/2$ (no initial velocity). if I choose the original of potential energy as the picture indicates there, this means that: $$E_m = E_{pe} + E_c = \frac12mv^2 ...
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An unwinding cable problem [closed]

Suppose a light cable is wrapped around a solid cylinder with mass $M$ and radius $R$. The cylinder rotates with no friction about a stationary horizontal axis. The free end of the cable is attached ...
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Conservation of generalized energies in Newtonian and Relativistic Systems

I was considering the following problem: In a closed system, it is assumed that mass, momentum and energy is conserved. If we label the total mass of the System $M(i)$ at a time i, the total Momentum ...
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The work-energy theorem

Well here's the question. From some previous excercises we know that from \begin{align} A&=\int F\;ds,\\ &=\int ma\;ds, &&(F=ma)\\ &=\int m \frac{dv}{dt}\;ds, ...
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When we catch a falling object, where does its kinetic energy go?

Some of it is transformed into heat and noise, but where does the rest go? Further details: The object does not bounce off (e.g. a sack of rice marble ball). The hand remains completely static ...
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Projectile at an angle. Finding the angle using conservation of energy [closed]

Ball is thrown at an angle α and at the highest point it's potential and kinetic energy are the same. Find the angle. Use the law of energy conservation. What the professor wanted $mV^2/2 = 2* ...
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How does light speed up after coming out of a glass slab?

As I learned today in School, my teacher told me that when light enters a Glass Slab it slows down due to the change in density and it speeds up as it goes out of the Glass Slab. This causes a lateral ...
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Whats the point in conserving electricity if the AC current produced cannot be stored?

If we cannot save the ac current produced in a battery or some device like the DC current there is no point in conserving it because current once produced should be consumed somehow!!
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Relationship between momentum and energy for rocket-powered aircraft

I'm trying to write a problem for my students in an algebra-based physics class. We have a flight simulator and I've got a glider in the simulator that has a couple rocket boosters attached. Students ...
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Classical Mechanics contradicts Conservation of energy?

Imagine a Stanford torus rotating with 1 rpm so that centripetal/reactive centrifugal acceleration provides about 1.0g of artificial gravitational acceleration inside the ring. The picture below shows ...
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Conservation of kinetic energy in collision

Why is kinetic energy conserved in collision between glass balls while it is not conserved in collision between a ball and floor?
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Why is there conservation of kinetic energy in elastic collision and not in inelastic collision?

Why is there conservation of kinetic energy in elastic collision and not in inelastic collision? What would be the difference that lead to conservation of kinetic energy in elastic collision and not ...
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How can kinetic energy be conserved in an elastic collision

How can kinetic energy be conserved in an elastic collision as collision is said to occur between two bodies if they physically collide against each other or if the path of one of then is affected by ...
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Finding the energy lost due to nonconservative forces

I stomped across this question and would very much appreciate any form of clarification. A otter 75kg slides down a hill starting from rest. Hyp = 8.8, height = 6.5, final speed of otter = 9.2 m/s. ...
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How is energy conserved in magnet?

When an object (i.e.magnetic) is attracted towards the magnet, work is done so that the energy is used but from where this energy comes from?
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Energy loss through gravity and the law of conservation of energy

Since every object exerts a force of gravity on all objects around it, how can it lose so much energy at all times without ever stopping? If an object always loses energy from gravity, how does it ...
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Calculating the force required to lift a weight with a screw

I am trying to learn physics by myself as I do not have a good teacher at school. I've been reading Feynman Lectures on Physics and I can't figure out how he found out this number. Here is an excerpt ...
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Does conservation of momentum mean a gyroscopic inertial thruster cannot work?

There is a device called the gyroscopic inertial thruster. Here is a Wikipedia article on it. I believe that this device cannot possibly work and that conservation of momentum proves that it cannot ...
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frequency shift in background radiation, where is the missing energy? [duplicate]

It is known that the dilatation of the universe cause a shift in frequency in the background radiation toward lower frequencies. It is also known that photons with lower frequency have lower energy ...
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Why is the Carnot engine the most efficient?

It seems that the only condition used in proving that the Carnot engine is the most efficient is that it is reversible. More specifically, the Carnot engine can be run in reverse as a refrigerator. ...
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Understanding a graph of energy conservation with bounded and unbounded motions?

This graph is from the physics undergraduate text "Classical Mechanics by Douglas Gregory". Above this graph was the statement: What I didn't understand is- as stated in the under [*paragraph], ...
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Calculating speed of spheres in an asymmetric Newton's cradle?

If we assume there is an asymmetric Newton's cradle with 3 spheres of different masses and the first one is initialized with some certain speed can we calculate the outcome speed of the all the three ...
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Was the Big Bang actually cold?

As I understand, from watching the Discovery Channel, the total amount of energy in the universe is zero. As such, people like Hawking explain that the universe can be created out of nothing ...
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Muscular energy transformations with regards to gravity

Maybe this has more to do with biology than I know, but I have been wondering just what kind of energy muscles use and convert when lifting a weight off the ground or lowering a weight back to the ...
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What happens to K.E. in matter antimatter annihilation?

If I have two matter and antimatter particles, say an electron and a positron, each moving towards each other with a certain speed, they annihilate after the collision. Does the energy of the photons ...
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What happens to the energy of photons when two light waves with plane wavefront interferes destructively? [duplicate]

When I began learning about optical interference, I came to know about destructive interference in which light waves cancel each other. How the energy is still conserved ? I found that the ...
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Is change in kinetic energy invariant?

Consider the inelastic collision between two bodies. This question follows on from this: Is the coefficient of restitution frame independent and energy conservation?. One of the answers to this ...
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Friction and work from torque

I would like to understand where is the error in the third case, for that I gave 2 easier cases where I'm able to find the energy from heating is equal to the energy lost by torque. Case 1/ Purple ...
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Violation of conservation of energy… or not? [closed]

The work done by surface tension is double the increase in potential energy. This is a clear violation of conservation of energy. What is the flaw here? Work done by surface tension is \begin{align} ...
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Why do we have to use an integral in this scenario to figure out $v_{max}$? [duplicate]

$$\int_0^R mg\frac{r}{2}dr=\frac{m}{2}v_{max}$$ and can't write $$\frac{m}{2}v_{max}=mgR$$ don't we usually equal potential energy to kinetic energy? A stone is falling through a tunnel towards the ...
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What prevents this rotational perpetuum mobile from working? [closed]

As a newbie in physics I imagine this device and I would like to know why it can't increase its energy. Note I study the sum of energy during one second (or less) after set friction ON. The device: ...
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How many properties like charge, mass etc any quanta or particle must have?

How many properties are required to measure full energy of a fundamental particle? I know $E=mc^2$, but what about charge, spin, etc? Which full equation would give me all parameters of any particle?
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Can Gauss' and Ampere's Laws be written in terms of the divergence of an energy four-vector?

In the first 20 minutes of this video, Susskind derives the continuity equation for charge conservation: $$\dot{\rho}+\nabla\cdot\vec{J}=0$$ (Where $\vec{J}=\frac{\partial\dot{q}^m}{\partial A^m} ...
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Heat Equation with In-Depth Radiation Exact Solution [closed]

I am looking to solve the heat conduction equation in a semi-infinite solid with in-depth radiation on the domain $-\infty < x < 0$. The governing equation of this problem is: $$\rho c ...
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Inelastic collision theoretical problem - kinetic energy

I was wondering if there is a possibility where in inelastic collision the final kinetic energy is not less than the initial kinetic energy.
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Can energy be created and destroyed?

The indroduction of the principle of conservation of mechanical energy has been tremendously useful from the practical point of view. But .. Consider the case in which we shoot an electron up in the ...
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Do electrons “check in” at the quantized energy radius before they leap?

Quantum jumps inside atoms always have the same energy, at least in a hydrogen atom when jumping from $n=1$ to $n=2$, like from a 1s1 to a 2s1 state. My question is, if an electron can be anywhere in ...
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momentum and energy of the rods

I have two electromagnets and I attach them to two rods(same mass) such that, first one will be attached to centre of first rod and the second one will be to the end of second rod. Now I bring them ...
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I need help figuring out what is wrong in this aspiring perpetuum mobile

Credits: My question is motivated from a question from another user (One disk/ring in double rotation and sum of energy), I just reformulated what I think he tried to ask into, what seem to me, ...
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Does a cooling mass lose mass as it radiates?

Assume we have a red hot cannonball in space. It starts off with mass M at 1000K. Later it has cooled by radiation to 100K. Has the mass decreased?
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Mass and Energy

Would the mass of burnt firewood be equal to the mass of firewood before burning? Then where does that heat come from? According to Einstein's equation, $E=mc^2$ Shouldn't there be some mass going ...
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Finding the total energy of satellite in orbit with the Earth

I'm given a problem where a satellite with mass $m$ is orbiting the Earth with mass $M$ and radius $R$ ($m<<M$) in a elliptical orbit. The ellipse has semimajor axis $a$ and semiminor axis $b$. ...
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Where did the energy of the universe come from? [duplicate]

Last week my Physics teacher asked the class this question: If the internal energy of the universe is constant, then where did all the energy come from originally?